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Euro Bridges appear in the Netherlands

Whether you realize it or not, all of the architecture on the Euro banknotes is fake. In 2002 Austrian Robert Kalin designed bridges for the bills that were intended to represent periods in time such as Baroque, Classical, Gothic, Romanesque, Rococo, and Modern 20th Century but nothing that existed in real life.

According to the original article, the European bank wanted art “that would (so to speak) span cultures and nationalities, thus avoided mimicking existing structures.” But, if you ask me, I think none of the countries could agree on who’s bridge went on which bill. Think about it, if you put an Italian bridge on the €5 note and a French bridge on a €10 note that would have some people wondering why France should be valued higher than Italy. And what about the countries that might not be represented on any note at all?

Recently all of the bridges have been built here in the Netherlands. In a project titled “De Bruggen van Europa” or “The Bridges of Europe, ” Dutch designer Robert Stam designed the bridges to be used in a housing project in Spijkenisse (close to Rotterdam). The colors of the bridges even remain true to the color of the banknote that they originally appeared on. The only thing is, they may look a bit strange to passersby since they are quite small in scale than what was originally envisioned for the Euro. Unfortunately, the bridges were not built to according to their original style but are in fact only façades placed over a modern bridge.

What do you think about these bridges? Nice to see that they finally have been built or upset that one European country now has all of the Euro bridges to itself?

Source: Web Urbanist and Spiegel Online

Nick Ferrara

Network Analyst at PPG Europe B.V.
Nick is an American from Pittsburgh, PA who has been living in Haarlem since 2010. He loves that laid back European lifestyle and is always looking for new things to explore both in the area and beyond.

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